Comfort Foods & Comforts of Home

chicken pot pie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marie Callender’s. All opinions are 100% mine. Comfort food season has settled into Chicago.   It was touch and go there for awhile. The weather forecast kept promising sunshine (which we've seen) and seventy degree days (which we have not). But I held out hope. […]

My Great Big Clock. And A Question.

Large clock

I love clocks. I have one in every room of our house. In fact, in some rooms I have more than one … tick tock … tick tock. And when it comes to my the-more-the-merrier clock philosophy, I’ll add in one more requirement: the bigger the better.   Over the years, my clock purchases have […]

Industrial Look Table Lamps

industrial table lamp

I’m vignette challenged.   I like to pretend I prefer clean lines. Uncluttered table tops. It makes it easier to clean, I tell myself. Over and over again. But the truth is, I just don’t have what it takes to vignette ..  and, yes, I just used the word vignette as a verb. I admire […]

Halloween in Mason Jars

halloween craft spider mason jar

Tis the season for sponsored blog posts …   There. I said it. I put it out there. Because it’s true. And I’m not going to apologize for it.   This is the time of year consumer brands are looking for exposure. This quarter is crucial to their bottom line. And, quite honestly, it helps […]

It All Started With TV


Once upon a time I was a young, eager public relations professional working at a big agency in New York. When I started out, my days revolved around the media. Putting together media lists. Pitching story ideas. Booking interviews. Fulfilling photo requests.   And then there were the events.   These were a big deal. […]

Halloween Treat Ideas

cake pops for halloween

  Sometimes I have to stop …   and pinch myself.   Seriously. When I first started this blog, I had no idea what it would offer me. A sense of fulfillment. Accomplishment.   And amazing opportunities.   I had no idea brands would come knocking at my door. Or that I could parlay my […]

It All Started With Rugs … And A Giveaway!

southwestern modern decor

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalaty Rug. All opinions are 100% mine.   There is an alternative title for this blog. Perhaps, dare I say, a more appropriate title…   It All Started With Rugs   I’m a bit obsessed with rugs. I’ll spend hours upon hours perusing them […]

The Family/Sun Room

sun room ideas

I’ve been holding out on you …   There’s a space in our home that is, hand’s down, my favorite space of all.   It’s a space we built ourselves. Okay, not with our own hands. Architects and contractors were involved. But I plotted and planned and designed this space.   It’s our saving grace […]

Paper Flowers for Fall

paper flower how to make

This post is 100% for me. It’s 100% self-serving.   I hope you don’t mind …   But when I went to change out the green tissue paper flowers in my planter box centerpiece for a more fall-inspired brown, I couldn’t for the life of me remember how I made them. Seriously. How many sheets […]

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids Book

kid crafts using mason jars

I cannot even begin to express how surreal it is for me to see my name in print. On the cover of a book. A real book that is currently for sale (pre-order sale, that is) on sites like and and and Books a Million.   Wow. WOW!!!   When I started […]

Tree Trimming … and $100 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

tree pruning and tree trimming

When Ace Hardware asked me to venture outside of my comfort zone, I was more than a little bit nervous. I mean, they call it a comfort zone for a reason.   So with crazy abandon, I chose to tackle the front yard. It’s a jungle out there. Literally. Our shrubs and bushes have grown […]

Homemade Gift Wrap … And Saying Goodbye


There’s something bittersweet about this weekend. First there’s the whole saying goodbye to summer thing. Now don’t get me wrong. I love fall with it’s football games and sweater weather and turning leaves and the smell of fireplaces being fired up. But in my heart of hearts, I’m a beach girl. It’s the Jersey Shore […]

The Etsy Shop: Car in Jar Kit

snow globe mason jar

I’m sitting here watching a Sex and the City repeat as I pack up painted mason jar orders. It’s the series finale and Carrie is in Paris with Mikhail Baryshnikov. And it dawns on me (once again) that Carrie is a self-involved whiner.   Now don’t get me wrong. I love, love SATC. It’s an […]

Paint This! 30+ Lamp & Light Fixture Makeovers


I’m so excited!   I’ve made a decision. A BIG decision that feels like I’ve lifted giant boulder off my shoulders.   A BIG decision that is so freeing, so invigorating …   so  … so …   exciting, for want of a better word.   I came to this decision on Friday. In truth, […]

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

smoothie recipe

  I’ve been a self-proclaimed Elvis girl from the moment I finished watching Girls! Girls! Girls!   And my love for the King of Rock and Roll was only cemented with Viva Las Vegas. And Follow That Dream. And Blue Hawaii. And The Trouble With Girls …   … and let’s not forget Fun in […]

$200 Ace Gift Card Giveaway

ace hardware

From the very beginning …   from the very first time I hit publish on that very first post …   this blog has been all about me, me, me.   My home.   My canvas.   My room remodels. My crafts. My before & afters. My holiday projects. And, from time to time, my […]

Chia Pudding

chia recipe

My sister Carol is my health and beauty advisor. Even though we live thousands of miles apart … and don’t get to see each other often  … our conversations always tend to veer toward her giving me advice and tips on healthy eating and healthy living and healthy skincare.   She is a nurse, after […]

Gold In The Kitchen

gold kitchen faucet

Delta Trinsic Faucet (center) // Nautical Bathroom // The Hunted Interior’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // White and Gray Kitchen Cabinets with Brass Pulls // The Lettered Cottage’s How to Add Height to Builder Grade Cabinets // The Lettered Cottage’s Chalkboard Wall in Kitchen // Life in Grace’s Brass Pendant Lights // Blue-Gray Glass Backsplash […]

Summer, Interrupted


This summer has been fraught with challenges.   It started with the book deadline. Looming large in June. A July 1 submission date. So I postponed summer until July 2. Disregarded the calendar and the weather. Fully intending to emerge fresh and ready and victorious on July 2. Ready to visit our city’s sites. Homegrown […]

Tissue Paper Banner

banner how to

I may or may or may not be freaking out right about now.   Seriously.   In one week I have to turn in the book copy. Introductions and tutorials. With, hopefully, some wise and witty prose. Oh, and I’m trying to keep the snark away.   That’s a tough one for me. And let’s […]